Nothing illegal in son's Russia meeting — Trump lawyer


The Trump-Russia investigation: A Timeline

Details of Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting in 2016 with a Kremlin-connected lawyer continue to emerge. They've had to say that things they said in the past were untrue.

ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: The Bastille Day parade was the crowning event in a two-day visit packed with pomp and ceremony. We do know for sure: the FBI, CIA, NSA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a unanimous "high confidence" assessment in January that Russia was behind the hacking last year, and that its intent was to hurt Hillary Clinton and to help Donald Trump.

But then on Sunday morning Trump took to Twitter to essentially confirm what Lavrov said: "I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election". It was meant to impress, and it clearly hit the mark. Speaking at a joint press conference, Trump reversed his previous negative talk about France and even said he'd happily return to Paris. Either way, the president is not treating this with the seriousness that an attack on our democracy deserves. Michael Isikoff covers this and Trump's business dealings with Russia for Yahoo News - joins us in our studios. News analysts commented on everything.

The extravagant repast included "eighteen dishes, eight grappas, and two expensive bottles of wine". They didn't need an interpreter because Macron speaks English.

But now Akhmetshin, 49, finds himself in the spotlight after being revealed as the man who accompanied Moscow lawyer Natalia Veselniskaya to a meeting with top Trump campaign officials in June 2016, including Donald Trump Jr., the president's son.

BEARDSLEY: Apolline de Malherbe is a political analyst for BFMTV.

SHAPIRO: So I want to ask first about the president's changing response here, from no collusion to most people would have taken that meeting. On Friday, a prominent Russian-American lobbyist said that he, too, had been part of the discussion.

BEARDSLEY: History professor Kaspi says given that German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not have a close relationship with Trump and that British Prime Minister Theresa May is politically weakened, Macron now has a special role in U.S. -European relations. "I represent the president of the United States, but Donald Trump Jr. said not in the context of formal meetings". And I think that what - the reason this Donald Jr. story exploded so much is not only that the Trump people's explanation of that meeting changed about a half dozen times.

SIMON: Do lawyers typically keep information like this from their clients? There is not an iota of evidence to support this assertion.

The Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq all closed higher on Friday.

The president's attorney, Jay Sekulow, defended Trump and his son in a series of appearances Sunday on five television networks. Eliana Johnson and E.J. Dionne, thanks to both of you.

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